December Arrives With A Flourish

Dear friends and neighbors,

The holiday season is in full swing and there are plenty of ways to celebrate in the cities, towns and villages of the 88th Assembly District. Here’s a closer look at some of the events that are taking place. Remember that if you have an event that you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@NYAssembly.gov.

THURSDAY

  •  The Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services will host a guidance program on county services for seniors at the Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • The Beth-El Synagogue Center (1324 North Avenue, New Rochelle) will host Rabbi David Schuck and Rabbi Zach Sitkim along with Dr. Carol Diament for a 9:30-a.m. discussion that will compare Jerusalem in biblical and rabbinical sources with Jerusalem in modern Israeli literature. Beth-El Synagogue will also host Rabbi Lila Kagedan, the first Orthodox woman to achieve the title of rabbi, will be the guest scholar at the Open Beit Midrash at 8 p.m. Visit bethelnr.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Reform Temple (255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) will host Rabbi Jonathan Blake as he concludes his informative series “Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Reform Judaism” at 9:30 a.m. Visit wrtemple.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Reform Temple will also host its 5th Annual Water and Wine with Alon Ben-Gurion in Conversation with Rabbi Jonathan Blake from 7:30-9 p.m. Contact Stephanie Risa Balkin, The Jewish National Fund director for Westchester County & Southern Connecticut at srbalkin@jnf.org or 212-879-9300, ext. 510.
  • John McAuliff, the Executive Director and Founder of the Fund for Reconciliation & Development, will give a 5:15-p.m. presentation entitled “Cuba-U.S. Relations in the Era of Donald Trump” at Sarah Lawrence College (1 Mead Way, Bronxville). Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.
  • The Temple Israel Center of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle) will show “Welcome to Kutsher’s: The Last Catskills Resort” at 7:30 p.m. as part of its Prime Time 4 Adults Movie Series. Visit tinr.org for more information.
  • Yan Kjar will man the piano bar at Underhills Crossing (74.5 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) from 7-11 p.m. Visit underhillscrossing.com for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) will host the Friends Antiquarian Book Sale from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • The Bronxville Library (201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will continue its Thursday Matinee Movie Series with a 1:30 p.m. showing of “Churchill”. Visit bronxvillelibrary.org for more information.

 FRIDAY

  • Scarsdale’s “Light the Dale”, the annual tree-lighting event in Boniface Circle, will be held from 5-7 p.m. The Hoff-Barthelson Music School carolers will perform. Visit scarsdale.com for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host its annual Holiday Luncheon from 12:30-2 p.m. There will be gifts and home-baked goods in addition to lunch. The Museum will also host its First Friday! Music and Trolley program from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The MetropoliTones will perform and a free trolley will run continuously from the #6 Pelham Bay Park subway station to BPMM to City Island. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • Historian Jeremi Suri will discuss the rise and fall of the American presidency at Sarah Lawrence College (1 Mead Way, Bronxville) from 12:30-2 p.m. Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.
  • The Bronxville Chamber of Commerce will present the holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Leonard Morange Square at 5:30 p.m. Visit bronxvillechamber.org for more information.
  • The International Gem & Jewelry Show will take place at The Westchester County Center in White Plains from noon-6 p.m. The show will continue on Saturday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Sunday (11 a.m.-5 p.m.). Visit countycenter.biz for more information.
  • The Ajkun Ballet Theatre will present “The Nutcracker” at New Rochelle High School’s Whitney Theater (265 Clove Road, New Rochelle) at 7 p.m. There will also be shows on Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Visit ajkunbt.org for more information.
  • The Temple Israel Center of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle) will host a Human Rights Shabbat Service at 7:30 p.m. Tamara Fish, the president of the Jewish Multiracial Network, will speak. The topic is Free Speech: A Look at Charlottesville, The NFL and Black Lives Matter through the Lens of Our Tradition. Visit tinr.org for more information.
  • The Chabad of Bronxville (1 Stone Place, Bronxville) will host Soup and Scotch at 5:30 p.m. Following services, there will be a variety of soups and fine scotch to sample. Visit jewishbronxville.com for more information.
  • The Hitchcock Presbyterian Church (6 Greenacres Avenue, Scarsdale) will host The New Choral Society as it performs “F. Händel Messiah, Part I with choruses from Parts II and III” at 8 p.m. and again at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Visit www.hitchcockpresby.org for more information.
  • The Geoffrey Morrow Trio will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7:30-11 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • Dannis Winston will man the piano bar at Underhills Crossing (74.5 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) from 8-11:55 p.m. Visit underhillscrossing.com for more information.

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  • Temple Israel Center (280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains) will continue its Books on Tour series at 7:50 p.m. Author Sana Krasikov will discuss her book “The Patriots”. Visit templeisraelcenter.org for more information.
  • Scholar-in-residence Rabbi Chaim Weiner, a leader of the Masorti (Conservative) movement in Europe, will speak at Shaarei Tikvah (46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale) on Friday at 7:30 p.m. about “The European Origins of Today’s Jewish Customs” and on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. about “The Jews of Portugal–History and Contemporary Challenges.” visit org or call Robin at 914-472-2013 ext.300 for more information.
  • The Archbishop Stepinac High School Theatre Company (950 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will present “Newsies” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Visit stepinac.org for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • The St. Paul’s Church and National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) will host the Sarah Lawrence College A Capella Group for a 1 p.m. holiday concert. Visit nps.gov/sapa for more information.
  • Our Lady of Perpetual Help-St. Catharine’s (575 Fowler Avenue, Pelham Manor) will hold its annual Christmas Boutique & Wreath Sale from 4:30-6:00 p.m. and again on Sunday, Dec. 3 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. There will also be a silent auction, raffles, food and more. olph-pelhammanor.org/ for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host “Holiday family Day” from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be hot cocoa, crafts, gifts and a chance to meet Santa. The Museum will also hold its annual Evergreen Gala from 7-10 p.m. There will be dinner, a live auction and more. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • The Huguenot Memorial Church (901 Pelhamdale Avenue, Pelham Manor) will host its annual Charitable Christmas Tree Sale and Alternative Christmas Market from 7 a.m.- 1 p.m. There will be trees for sale, music and more. Visit huguenotchurch.org for more information.
  • Winston Wolfe will perform at Growlers Beer Bistro (25 Main Street, Tuckahoe) at 9:30 p.m. Visit growlersbeerbistro.com for more information.
  • Barnes & Noble (680 Post Road, Scarsdale) will host its first annual Tree Lighting and Season’s Readings event at 7 p.m. Nature’s Cradle of Eastchester donated five trees and they will be covered in decorations inspired by a book. There will also be entertainment. Visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/3304?view= for more information.
  • Concordia College (171 White Plains Road, Bronxville) will present “Searching For Christmas”, its annual holiday community musical, at 4:30 and 7 p.m. in the Schoenfeld Campus Center. There will also be a 3:30-p.m. performance on Sunday. Visit www. http://conservatory.concordia-ny.edu/annual-holida-community-musical for more information.
  • Sarah Lawrence College (1 Mead Way, Bronxville) will continue its Art of Teaching Saturday Seminar Series at 9 a.m. with a presentation entitled “Dewey, Democracy, and Experience in Education: A Paradigmatic Shift”. Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.
  • The Tuckahoe Winterfest will take place from 5-9 p.m. in Depot Square and on Sunday from noon-5 p.m. There will be a tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Saturday and pictures with Santa beginning at noon on Sunday. Visit tuckahoe.com for more information.
  • The Greenwich Ballet Academy will be performing “The Nutcracker” at the White Plains Performing Arts Center (11 City Place, White Plains) at 1 and 6 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Visit greenwichballetacademy.org for more information.
  • The Temple Israel Center of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle) will host “Rock Night” at 7:30 p.m. “Drive All Night NYC” and “Blue Roadhouse Orchestra-BRO” are scheduled to perform. Visit tinr.org for more information.
  • The Temple Israel Center (280 Old Mamaroneck Road, White Plains) will host “Latke Vodka”, presented by The Young Couples Group, at 8 p.m. Visit templeisraelcenter.org for more information.
  • Chanique and Youniqueversal Music will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 8-10 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Pelham Art Center (155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham) will host a hands-on workshop as part of the “Diwali, Hindu Festival of Lights: Folk-Art Series” at 1:30 p.m. Visit pelhamartcenter.org for more information.
  • Comedian Aaron Ward will perform at Rockwells (105 Wolfs Lane, Pelham) at 9:30 p.m. Visit rockwellsusa.net for more information.
  • The Bet Am Shalom Synagogue will host its annual Judaica Craft Show from 8-11 p.m. and on Sunday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Visit betamshalom.org for more information.
  • The 9th annual Hot Cocoa Run/Walk and Dog Walk to benefit MAC Angels and ALS will take place at 8:30 a.m. at Flowers Park (491 5th Ave, New Rochelle). Visit https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/NewRochelle/HotCocoaRun for more information.
  • The Hudson River Potters Functional and Sculptural Pottery Show and Sale will take place at the Eastchester Library (1 Oakridge Place, Eastchester) from 9:30 a.m.-4:45 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Visit hudsonriverpotters.net for more information.
  • The Friends of Hoff-Barthelson Music School (25 School Lane, Scarsdale) will host their Annual Holiday Music Festival and Holiday Boutique from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Visit hbms.org for more information.
  • The New Rochelle Library (1 Library Plaza, New Rochelle) will host the 54th annual Westchester Musicians Guild Young Artists Concert at 2 p.m. Visit nrpl.org for more information.
  • Boy Scout Troop 1 Bronxville will hold a firewood sale from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Bronxville Boy Scout Cabin (Scout Field, 1820 Midland Avenue, Bronxville). Visit scoutcabin.org for more information.

 SUNDAY

  • The Westchester Reform Temple (255 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) will conclude its Aging Well lecture series at 10 a.m. This week’s installment will cover Memory Care for Yourself and Your Loved Ones. Visit wrtemple.org for more information.
  • The Soop Theatre Company will present “A Year With Frog and Toad” at The Manor Club (1023 Esplanade, Pelham) at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. There will also be a 10 a.m. show on Monday. Visit sooptheatre.org for more information.
  • Author Linda Fairstein will be at Barnes & Noble (680 Post Road, Scarsdale) at 2 p.m. to discuss “Digging For Trouble”, which is part of her first children’s youth series. Visit https://stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/3304?view= for more information.
  • Sarah Lawrence College (1 Mead Way, Bronxville) will host “The Wall to Wall Chamber Music Concert” at 4 p.m. Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.
  • The Eastchester Historical Society will host “Christmas in Eastchester: A Day to Party Hop” beginning at 1 p.m. The day kicks off with the annual Victorian Christmas Party from 1-4 p.m. at The Marble Schoolhouse (the corner of California and New Rochelle Roads in Eastchester). Santa’s Workshop will take place from 2-4 p.m. in Gazebo Park. The day ends with a Tree Lighting/Holiday Lights Celebration in Memorial Park, which will be hosted by the Eastchester Beautification Committee, at 4:30 p.m. Visit eastchesterhistoricalsociety.org for more information.
  • The City of White Plains will host “City Lights, Bright Holiday Nights Tree Lighting” at 4 p.m. in Tibbetts Park (1 North Broadway, White Plains). Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.
  • The Temple Israel Center of New Rochelle (1000 Pinebrook Boulevard, New Rochelle) will host a breakfast and discussion with Edward Poliandro from the office of diversity and community affairs at Mount Sinai Hospital at 9:30 a.m. Visit tinr.org for more information.
  • The ADL in Westchester Securing Justice Awards Dinner will take place at Metropolis County Club (289 Dobbs Ferry Road, White Plains) from 5-8 p.m. Honorees Linda Riefberg and Lee Perlman will receive the Philanthropic Leadership Award, Lawrence W. Bahr will be recognized with the Making a Difference Award and Oren Segal, ADL Director of the Center on Extremism, will be the keynote speaker. Visit adl.org/westchester2017 for more information.
  • The Congregation Kol Ami (252 Soundview Avenue, White Plains) will host The Sisterhood Holiday Shopping Spree from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. There will be jewelry, clothing, handbags and much more. Visit nykolami.org for more information.
  • The Eastchester Recreation Department Gingerbread House Decorating Contest will take place at 10 a.m. at The Haindl Field Rec Room (100 Gabriel Rescigno Drive, Scarsdale). Visit eastchester.org for more information.

 Please visit www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events for more information about these and other area events.

 

 

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200 Bills Signed Into Law and Counting

Governor Andrew Cuomo signed one of my bills into law today. Combined with the two he signed last night I now have 200 pieces of legislation that have been signed into law since I was first elected to the New York State Assembly. I am very proud.

Here are the releases we sent out for the bills.

SCARSDALE – Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-88) is proud to announce that A.474-A/S.1170-A, legislation she authored, was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.

The legislation allows social services districts to offer recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) the option to complete a course in financial literacy and personal finance, with such instruction counting towards the 30-hour work activity requirement.

Additionally, the legislation authorizes social services districts to cooperate with the Department of Labor to provide workforce guidance and information regarding nontraditional careers for women to TANF recipients. This would help to encourage women to pursue and secure nontraditional careers, such as jobs in the trades, which pay above-average salaries.

The combination of promoting access to nontraditional careers and offering financial literacy courses will provide low-income women with the tools to attain greater economic security for themselves and their families.

“Encouraging women to pursue careers in higher-paying fields, that they may not have otherwise considered, can help these women to get out of poverty,” said Assemblywoman Paulin, “Similarly, the financial literacy course would provide helpful information for low-income women, particularly as they transition off TANF and into the workforce.”

SCARSDALE – Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-88) is proud to announce that A.2965/S.4172, legislation she authored, was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday.

The legislation amends current social services law in relation to forwarding reports of abuse. The law requires reports of suspected child abuse or maltreatment of a child be provided to the social services district charged with the care, custody or guardianship of such child when the child has been placed in a home under the care, custody or guardianship of an authorized agency which is not in the social services district that placed the child.

The care and custody of a child may be transferred by a social services district to an authorized agency and the child placed in foster care. There is no requirement that the authorized agency charged with the care and custody of the child and the child’s foster home be located in the same social services district that transferred the care and custody of the child.

Problems arise, however, when the foster home is the subject of a report of child abuse or maltreatment and the foster home is not located in the social services district that placed the child in the foster home. Under the previous law, notice of such report was not required to be provided to the placing social services district. Absent information that the foster home was the subject of a report of child abuse or maltreatment, the placing social services district could continue to place children in the care and custody of that foster home.

“We needed to close gaps in communication between and among authorized agencies and social service districts responsible for the safety and welfare of our children,” Paulin said. “Placing agencies must be informed of reports of suspected abuse or maltreatment involving homes in which they have placed children so that they do not unwittingly place additional children in a situation that risks subjecting them to further abuse or maltreatment.”

Patrick Gallivan (R-59) sponsored the bill in the Senate.

SCARSDALE – Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-88) is proud to announce that A.7394-A/S.5990-A, legislation she authored, was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday.

The legislation updates the municipal sustainable energy loan program, also known as property assessed clean energy or “PACE,” to enable municipalities to finance more renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects. Currently, PACE financing is only available for commercial properties.

The legislation addresses three barriers that have prevented the PACE program from growing and expanding into more areas of New York State. First, the current law requires that renewable energy must be “used primarily at such property,” which has prevented the use of PACE for remote net-metered and community solar projects. This legislation would update the law to remove this requirement and enable commercially owned property to use PACE for remote net-metered and community solar projects.

Second, under current law, the municipality is required to use federal grants or federal credit support to fund the loan program. However, federal assistance is not always available, or often has restrictions attached to it, which has prevented additional municipalities from participating in the program. This legislation will allow money from New York State or a state authority to be used.

Third, the law currently requires that the amount of the loan shall not exceed ten percent of the appraised value of the real property. While this is not a problem in areas of the state with high property values, in many upstate communities, this ten percent cap prevents valuable projects from moving forward. The bill would create a more flexible standard to apply only for commercially-owned property, which would allow more projects to qualify. This would enable more upstate communities to participate in the program.

“Addressing these three barriers will enable the PACE program to expand, financing more renewable energy and energy efficiency projects,” Paulin said. “It is a valuable tool for helping the State reach its renewable energy goals, and with these modifications, more commercial properties will be able to use it.”

Joe Griffo (R-47) sponsored the bill in the Senate.

My Child Marriage Bill Was Signed Into Law

I am proud to announce that my  bill (A.5524-B/S.4407-B) raising the minimum age to marry to age 17 was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo in a Tuesday-afternoon ceremony in the Red Room of the New York State Capitol. The law prohibits the marriage of minors under the age of 17 and strengthens the process to obtain court approval for marriage of minors at least 17 but under 18 years of age.

I am thrilled that the Governor has taken this historic step and signed the bill into law. His unwavering support went a long way toward getting this done. Children who are 14 and 15 years old should be worrying about their schoolwork and spending time with their friends, not whether they have to get married. Girls marrying much older men are being abused physically, mentally and emotionally.  Marriage at such a young age destroys the lives of young girls. I am relieved we have changed this outdated law so that we can end this intolerable practice.

Senator Andrew Lanza, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, and I were on hand for the signing.  Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women of New York and a staunch advocate for the bill, was in attendance as was Safia Mahjebin, who had become the poster child for ending child marriage in New York.  Mahjebin has courageously spoken out about her own experience as a young woman from a traditional community in which girls are pressured and threatened to comply with the practice and are often subjected to abuse if they resist their parents’ demands. Keerthana Nimmala and Jenise Ogle from Sanctuary for Families, advocate for victims of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and related forms of gender violence, and a tireless proponent of the legislation, also attended.

“With the signing today of the law banning child marriage, New York State has taken an important step forward to end a human rights violation,” said Hon. Judy Harris Kluger, Executive Director of Sanctuary for Families. “Sanctuary for Families has seen firsthand that young girls who are forced to marry are more likely to suffer domestic violence and are much less likely to complete their education.  We thank Governor Cuomo, Assemblywoman Paulin and Senator Lanza for their leadership and for standing with us against gender inequality and child exploitation. Marriage is now a milestone of adulthood, not childhood.” 

The minimum age to marry in New York State under previous law was fourteen. A 14-or 15-year old could marry with parental consent and court approval while a 16- or 17-year old could marry with parental consent. Prior law enabled children to be forced into marriage by their parents who brought their children before the court or the court clerk to provide their “consent”. In reality, the consent was a sham as the parents had forced their child to marry, threatening the child with ostracism, beatings or death if the child refused.

According to Fraidy Reiss, executive director and founder of Unchained At Last, nearly 4,000 minors were married in New York between 2000 and 2010 and more than 84 percent of those children were minor girls married to adult men. Unchained At Last is the only nonprofit in the U.S. dedicated to helping women and girls leave or avoid arranged/forced marriages. 

“This is an important first step toward ending the human rights abuse of child marriage in New York State,” Reiss said. “I applaud Assemblywoman Paulin for her leadership.”

The court approval process to authorize the marriage of 14- and 15-year olds under prior law did not provide adequate protections against abuse or fraud by the parents or guardians to force a child to marry.  The newly signed law strengthens the court process which will now apply to marriages of persons who are between 17- and 18-years old.  The new law requires, among other things, the appointment of an attorney for the child who has received training in domestic violence that includes a component on forced marriage, as well as requires the court to hold an in camera interview, separately with each minor party, and make specific written findings.  The law also provides that if the court approves the marriage, each minor party will have all the rights of an adult, including the right to enter into a contract, except for specific constitutional and statutory age requirements. 

“New York has recognized child marriage as a human rights violation,” Ossorio said. “We urge the rest of the country to follow suit.”

Father’s Day in the 88th Assembly District

Dear friends and neighbors,

Father’s Day is this weekend and there is a great deal going on in the 88th Assembly District to help dad celebrate his special day.

Here’s a closer look at some of the events that are taking place in the 88th. Have a good weekend and remember that if you have an event you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@NYAssembly.gov.

THURSDAY

  • The White Plains Noon Day Concert Series is back at Renaissance Plaza (Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue) from noon- 2 p.m. The Saints will perform this week. Visit cityofwhiteplains.com for more information.
  • Magician David Calamari will present “Nothing Up My Sleeves: Live on Stage” at Scarsdale High School (1057 Post Road, Scarsdale) at 7:30 p.m. This event, which will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation, will feature magicians from around the country. Visit tinyurl.com/numsshow for more information.
  • The Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services will host a guidance program on county services for seniors at the Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • The George Coleman, Jr. Quartet will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7-9:30 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Junior League of Central Westchester will be holding its annual dinner at The Sunningdale Country Club (300

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    Underhill Road, Scarsdale) at 6:30 p.m. Visit jlcw.org for more information.

  • The Bronxville Library (201 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will host author Martin Keefe at 7 p.m. as he discusses his book, “Taking the Measure”. Visit bronxvillelibrary.org for more information.
  • Pelham resident Gerry Marzorati will be at the Pelham Library (530 Colonial Avenue, Pelham) from7:30-8:45 p.m. to discuss his book, “Late To The Ball”. Visit pelhamlibrary.org for more information.
  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center (One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe) will present “Mario Lanza: The Man and his Music” from 7-9 p.m. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • The Alliance Francaise of Westchester (31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will host a wine tasting from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Visit afwestchesterny.org for more information.
  • The third annual Ecuadorian Film Festival in New York will conclude at The Picture House (175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham) with a 7:30 p.m. presentation of “In Competition”, the story of man with terminal pancreatic cancer and how he has chosen to live out the remaining few months of his life. Visit thepicturehouse.org for more information.

 FRIDAY

  • The New Rochelle Down to Earth Farmer’s Market will take place at Huguenot Park at the corner of North Avenue and Eastchester Road at 8:30 a.m. and stay open until 2:30 p.m. There will be produce, baked goods, cheese and more. Visit downtoearthmarkets.com for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) will continue its Foreign Film Series with a 1:45 p.m. presentation of “Survival in Shanghai”, a documentary about Jewish refugees who went to Shanghai to escape the Holocaust during WWII. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • New Rochelle-based It Takes a Village To Educate A Child will host its Pre-Summer Fling at 4 p.m. at Patsy’s Pizzeria (2 Pelham Road, New Rochelle). Visit takesavillagetoeducate.org for more information.
  • The Manor Club (1023 Esplanade, Pelham Manor) will present “Sunset on the Manor” from 7-10 p.m. There will be music, food, drinks and more. Visit themanorclubofpelham.org for more information.
  • The Bronxville Women’s Club (135 Midland Avenue, Bronxville) will host the BWC Coffeehouse Music Series from 8-10:30 p.m. with scheduled performances by Zana and Al Hemberger. Visit bronxvillewomensclub.org for more information.
  • The Jared Pauley Quartet will perform at Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) from 7:30-10 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Eastchester Public Library (11 Oakridge Place, Eastchester) will continue its EPL Film Series with a 1:30 p.m. presentation of “Bitter Harvest”, the story of life in the Ukraine under Stalin. Visit eastchesterlibrary.org for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum will also host “Bats!, Brats! And Beer!” at 1 p.m. as part of its Father’s Day weekend celebration. Watch the New York Mutuals play a baseball game with 1864 rules, uniforms etc. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.

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  • The New Rochelle Grand Market Downtown will take place at 1 Library Plaza at 9 a.m. The market, which will remain open until 2 p.m., will feature fresh produce, baked goods, honey, crafts and more. Visit newrochelledowntown.com for more information.
  • The Bronxville Farmer’s Market will take place at Stone Place at Paxton Avenue from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Visit bronxvilleframersmarket.com for more information.
  • Celebrate Grandparents Day at The Scarsdale Pool (311 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale) from noon-4 p.m. There will be music, food, bingo and more. Grandchildren who are members of the pool can bring their grandparents at no cost.
  • The Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale) Adult Book Club will meet at 11 a.m. to discuss “The Imposter” by Damon Galgut. Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.
  • The Pelham Little League will host its Home Run Derby, sponsored by Major League Baseball, at 6 p.m. at Glover Field (East Sandford Boulevard, Pelham). All boys and girls under the age of 14 are eligible. Two winners will go to the Regional Competition in New Jersey on June 25. Visit pelhamlittleleague.org for more information.
  • The Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (895 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) will host “Bartow’s Literary Elevenses” at 10 a.m. Museum guides Laura DeRiggi and Caitlyn Sellar will lead a historical fiction book club. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • GirlAgain (4 Martine Avenue, White Plains) will host a Dad’s Day Painting Workshop at 11 a.m. Girls can come in and make a special gift for dad. Visit girlagain.com for more information.
  • Beth-El Synagogue Center (North Avenue, New Rochelle) will host Shabbat Afternoon Tisch: A Singing and Study Program beginning at 7:45 p.m. Visit bethelenr.org for more information.
  • The Pelham Art Center (155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham ) will host Animating Artwork for Kids from 2-4 p.m. Visit pelhamartcenter.org for more information.
  • The Scarsdale Recreation Department, Chamber of Commerce and Police Department will co-host a night of bicycling and skating in the downtown streets of the village. Head over to Chase Park (32 Chase Road, Scarsdale) where the festivities will kick off at 6 p.m. Visit scarsdale.com for more information.
  • The Hoff-Barthelson Music School (25 School Lane, Scarsdale) will host pianists Elena Belli and Delana Thomsen at 1:30 p.m. as part of the HB Artist Series. Visit hbms.org for more information.
  • The Race for the Cure Gala will take place at Mulino’s at Lake Isle (660 White Plains Road, Eastchester) at 7:30 p.m. The Christopher Reeve Foundation is the beneficiary of the event. Visit chrisopherreeve.org for more information.

SUNDAY

  • Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) will host a “Father’s Day Fish Fry” from 11:30 a.m.- 9 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • Bicycle Sunday will take place on the Bronx River Parkway from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. between the Westchester County Center in White Plains and Scarsdale Road in Yonkers. The 13.1 mile loop will be open to bikers and closed to car traffic. Visit westchestergov.com for more information.
  • The Tuckahoe Farmer’s Market will take place in Depot Square. The market is open every Sunday through the end of November from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Visit tuckahoe.com for more information.
  • The Eastchester Farmer’s Market will take place in the parking lot of Country Markets of Westchester (344 White Plains Road, Eastchester) from 10 a.m.- 3p.m. The Farmer’s Market will run through mid-October. Visit facebook.com/EastchesterFarmersMarket for more information.
  • The City of White Plains will host a Father’s Day Concert in Turnure Park (South Lake Street, White Plains) featuring guitarist Gil Parris at 7 p.m. Visit cityofwhiteplains.org for more information.

Please visit www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events for more information about these and other area events.
 

My Child Marriage Bill Was Sent To The Governor To Be Signed Into Law

I am proud to announce that A.5524-B/S.4407-B, legislation I authored, was passed by both the New York State Assembly and the New York State Senate this week and will now be sent to Governor Cuomo to be signed into law.

The bill would prohibit the marriage of minors under the age of 17 and strengthen the process to obtain court approval for marriage of persons at least 17 years of age but under 18 years of age.

The current minimum age to marry in New York State is 14. If a child is 16 or 17, she can marry with parental consent.  If a child is 14 or 15, she can marry with parental consent and the approval of the court. Current law enables children to be forced into marriage by their parents who bring their children before the court or the court clerk to provide their “consent” when in reality the parents have forced their child to marry, threatening the child with ostracism, beatings or death if the child refuses to marry.

Children who are 14 and 15 years old should be worrying about their schoolwork and spending time with their friends. They are much too young to be married. We are seeing girls getting married to much older men who are being abused physically, mentally and emotionally. This is an appalling practice that destroys the lives of young girls.

How has it been possible that we allow a 14-year-old to get married yet we don’t allow her any practical ways out? She can’t sue for divorce in her own name. Under current law, she has to sue for divorce through a parent, who likely forced her into the marriage in the first place, or through a guardian. We have needed to address this for a long time.

According to Fraidy Reiss, executive director and founder of Unchained At Last, nearly 4,000 minors were married in New York between 2000 and 2010 and more than 84 percent of those children were minor girls married to adult men.  Unchained At Last is the only nonprofit in the U.S. dedicated to helping women and girls leave or avoid arranged/forced marriages. 

“This bill is an important first step toward ending the human rights abuse of child marriage in New York State,” Reiss said. “I applaud Assemblywoman Paulin for her leadership.”

The current court approval process for the authorization of marriage of persons under 16 hasn’t provided adequate protections for a child against abuse and fraud on the part of parents or guardians to force a child into marriage. This legislation will strengthen the process for marriage of persons at least 17 but under 18 by, among other things, requiring the appointment of an attorney for the child who must have received training in domestic violence including a component on forced marriage, and requiring the court to hold an in camera interview, separately with each minor party, and make specific written findings.   The bill also provides that if the court approves the marriage, each minor party will have all the rights of an adult, including the right to enter into a contract, except for specific constitutional and statutory age requirements.

“New York is poised to lead the nation in recognizing child marriage as a human rights violation,” said Sonia Ossorio, president of the National Organization for Women of New York. “Governor Cuomo has been very clear that child marriage is a scourge on the values we hold dear in New York. It’s not a surprise that he will be signing into law the strongest protections in the nation. We urge the rest of the country to follow suit.”

“Child marriage is a human rights violation that fosters gender inequality and exploitation and whose victims are three times more likely to suffer domestic violence, are much less likely to complete their education and are not able to bring divorce or annulment in their own names,” said Hon. Judy Harris Kluger, Executive Director of Sanctuary for Families. “Sanctuary for Families has seen the deleterious effect it has had on our clients. We thank Assemblywoman Paulin and Senator Lanza for their leadership and applaud the New York State Legislature’s swift action to halt this unacceptable and outmoded practice. Marriage is rightfully a milestone of adulthood, not childhood.”

Andrew Lanza sponsored the bill in the Senate.

 

 

 

 

 

Earning A Place In The Westchester Women’s Hall of Fame

TARRYTOWN – I am proud to announce that I will be inducted into The Westchester Women’s Hall of Fame in a noon ceremony on May 12th at the DoubleTree by Hilton (455 South Broadway, Tarrytown).

I have represented the 88th Assembly District since 2001 and have been recognized as a champion of women’s rights and have worked tirelessly to bring an end to discrimination of all kinds. The Trafficking Victims Protection and Justice Act, my signature piece of legislation, has been instrumental in curtailing human trafficking in New York. Other laws I have passed to help women include strengthening orders of protection for victims of domestic violence, eliminating the statute of limitations on rape, and strengthening laws to prevent female genital mutilation in our state. In addition, I have authored legislation to prohibit marriage of a minor under the age of 17.

I am honored and humbled to be receiving this prestigious award. I am in the company of extraordinary women whose lives of purpose have given women everywhere the hope, tools and opportunities they need to succeed and lead productive lives. I have dedicated my life to public service and will continue to serve in any way possible to advance a progressive agenda for women. I would like to thank the Women’s Research and Education Fund as well as the YMCA of White Plains and Central Westchester for bestowing upon me this very special honor.”

Prior to my time in the Assembly, I served as the Executive Director of My Sisters’ Place, chairwoman of the Westchester Women’s Agenda, president of the Westchester League of Women Voters, vice president of the NYS League of Women Voters and as a citizen member of the County Task Force for Women and Youth at Risk. I have received numerous awards and honors including being named NYS Legislator of the Year by the National Organization for Women (NOW) of NYS, a Leader in the Fight Against Domestic Violence by the NYS Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NYSCADV) and an Ally Award from NYS Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NYSCASA).

A Full Swing Spring Weekend In The 88th Assembly District

Dear friends and neighbors,

Spring is in full swing and it looks like we’ve finally gotten over those last few rough weeks of winter. It’s time to celebrate by taking advantage of everything the cities, towns and villages of the 88th Assembly District have to offer. There are movies, concerts, sporting events, tours and much more taking place.

Here’s a closer look at some of the events that are taking place in the 88th. Have a good weekend and remember that if you have an event you’d like me to include in the coming weeks, send the information to Paulina@NYAssembly.gov.

THURSDAY

  • The Hitchcock Presbyterian Church (6 Greenacres Avenue, Scarsdale) will conclude its 2017 Marguerite Manley Memorial Lenten Organ Recital Series at noon. Colin McKnight is scheduled to perform and there will be a lunch following the performance. Visit hitchcockpresby.org for more information.
  • Bill Nye The Science Guy will be at the Barnes & Noble (680 Post Road, Scarsdale) at 7 p.m. to discuss his new book series. Visit stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/3304 for more information.
  • Sarah Lawrence College (1 Mead Way, Bronxville) will continue its Art of Teaching Film Series with a presentation of Tested, a documentary about a group of students attempting to pass an admissions test, at 5 p.m. Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.
  • Pianists Elena Belli and Delana Thomsen will present “Suite Songs” in a 7 p.m. performance at The Hoff-Barthelson Music School as part of the HB Artist Series. Suite Songs are works written for two pianos by Franz Liszt and Dmitri Shostakovich. Visit hbms.org for more information.
  • The Church in the Highlands (35 Bryant Avenue, White Plains) will host English Country Dancing at 7:30 p.m. Wear low-heeled, soft-sole shoes and arrive early for some beginner instruction. Call Christiane at 845-642-2074 for more information.
  • The Eastchester-Tuckahoe Chamber of Commerce will host its Person/Organization of the Year Award dinner at Mulino’s at Lake Isle (660 White Plains Road, Eastchester) at 6:30 p.m. Judy Fix of Cornell’s Hardware Store will be honored this year along with The Eastchester Italian-American Citizens Club. Visit etcoc.com for more information.
  • The After Dark Book Club will meet at The Pelham Library (530 Colonial Avenue, Pelham) at 7:30 p.m. to discuss “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family”.
  • The White Plains Fire Department and The Westchester Medical Center will host a forum on fire safety and the prevention of common burns at The Woman’s Club of White Plains (305 Ridgeway, White Plains) from 7-9 p.m. Visit womansclubofwhiteplains.org for more information.

FRIDAY

  • The Westchester Community College (75 Grasslands Road, Valhalla) Friday Night Film Series kicks off with an

    The Bronx Opera Company

    Argentinian film entitled “Chinese Take-Out” at 7:45 p.m. It’s the story of a lonely shop owner fascinated with bizarre worldwide news. Call Bob Bruckenthal at 914-723-3186 for more information.

  • The St. Paul’s Church National Historic Site (897 South Columbus Avenue, Mount Vernon) will host the Bronx Opera Company for a 3 p.m. performance. Visit nps.gov/sapa for more information.
  • The First Friday Music and Trolley Tour returns to the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum (295 Shore Road, Pelham Bay Park) from 5:30-8:30 p.m. The Kenn Morr Band will perform from 6-8 p.m. The trolley will make an hourly loop that will run through City Island. Visit bartowpellmansionmuseum.org for more information.
  • Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) will present “First Friday with Jazmyn” at 7 p.m. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • Toney Toni and the Gang – Bronxville (70 Pondfield Road, Bronxville) will be hosting a Tucker Trunk Show from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, highlighting the latest in silk blouses and dresses. Call 914-793-0737 for more information.

 SATURDAY

  • The Walkabout Clearwater Coffeehouse Music Series will present a “Phil Ochs Night” at the United Memorial Methodist Church (250 Bryant Avenue, White Plains) at 7:30 p.m. Ochs’ political protest songs were staples of the 1960s. Scheduled to perform are Kim and Reggie Harris, Brother Sun, Emma’s Revolution, John Flynn, Sharon Katz, Hudson Valley Sally and Sonny Ochs. Visit walkaboutclearwater.org for more information.
  • GirlAgain (4 Martine Avenue, White Plains) will host an American Girl Kit’s East Basket event at 11 a.m. Make sweet Easter treats like they did in the 1930s. Visit girlagain.com for more information.
  • The Westchester Italian Cultural Center (One Generoso Pope Place, Tuckahoe) will host “Kids in a Kitchen” at 2 p.m. Families can get hands-on experience in cooking and baking classes. This month’s class will focus on Ravioli alla Nutella. Visit wiccny.org for more information.
  • Sarah Lawrence College (1 Mead Way, Bronxville) will host its annual “Reelies Film Festival”, a dinner and celebration of the best films made by Sarah Lawrence students, at 7 p.m. Visit sarahlawrence.edu for more information.
  • The Leslie Pintchik Trio returns to Alvin & Friends Restaurant (14 Memorial Highway, New Rochelle) for a 7:30 p.m. performance. Visit alvinandfriendsrestaurant.com for more information.
  • The Pelham Art Center (155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham) will host a Wet Felting Workshop from 2-5 p.m. Learn about

    ArtsWestchester Graffiti Event

    one of the most ancient methods of creating cloth. Visit pelhamartcenter.org for more information.

  • ArtsWestchester (31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains) will host “From the Streets: An Exhibition of Urban Art” from 4-8 p.m. The reception/program will celebrate urban art at its finest. Visit artswestchester.org for more information.
  • The Westchester County Center in White Plains will play host to Undiscovered Realm Comic Con from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. There will also be a screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 8 p.m. Visit undiscoveredcon.com for more information.
  • The Pelham Jewish Center (451 Esplanade, Pelham Manor) will host its annual Midnight Run, a volunteer effort to distribute food, clothing, blankets and more to the homeless in New York City, at 9 p.m. Contact Michael Dvorkin at 914-433-4850 for information or to volunteer.

 SUNDAY

  • Undiscovered Realm Comic Con will continue at The Westchester County Center, running from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Visit undiscoveredcon.com for more information.
  • Noted voice actor Alan Sklar will perform a dramatic reading of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” at 2 p.m. at the Scarsdale Library (54 Olmstead Road, Scarsdale). Visit scarsdalelibrary.org for more information.

 For information about these and other events in our area, please visit http://www.burbio.com/lists/district-88-events.